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'''Fred Kaps''' (June 8, 1926 - July 22, 1980) was a Dutch magician born Abraham Pieter Adrianus Bongers that won the [[FISM]] Grand Prix world champion three times (1950 - 1955 - 1961). See his [[#Fred_Kaps_Grand_Prix_FISM_Act:|Grand Prix FISM act]].
 
 
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He was the creator of numerous original effects including his version of the color-changing [[silks]]. Another popular effect he often performed was the [[salt shaker]], in which act he poured a little salt on his empty hand, made the hand into a fist, then poured an "endless" supply of salt from his fist onto the floor, and as part of his act he would exhibit facial expressions of great surprise and disbelief, as he would, seemingly unsuccessfully, try to desperately stop the flow.
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'''Fred Kaps''' (June 8, 1926 - July 22, 1980) was a Dutch magician born Abraham Pieter Adrianus Bongers that won the [[FISM]] Grand Prix world champion three times (1950 - 1955 - 1961). Kaps performed for the royal families of both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. {{Youtube Thumb|U5GYtuzMNs0}}
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He was the creator of numerous original effects including his version of the color-changing [[silks]]. Another popular effect he often performed was the [[Salt Pour]], in which act he poured a little salt on his empty hand, made the hand into a fist, then poured an "endless" supply of salt from his fist onto the floor, and as part of his act he would exhibit facial expressions of great surprise and disbelief, as he would, seemingly unsuccessfully, try to desperately stop the flow.
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
He was born in Utrecht and grew interested in magic through performances by local hairdresser and amateur magician Verschragen, who often tried effects on his customers. Kaps would go home and practice until he knew how to perform these effects himself. Later, he also married the man's daughter, Nel Verschragen.  
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He was born in Utrecht and grew interested in magic through performances by local hairdresser and amateur magician [[Verschragen]], who often tried effects on his customers. Kaps would go home and practice until he knew how to perform these effects himself. Later, he would marry his daughter, Nel Verschragen.  
  
After finishing his high school education, his father wanted him to work as an artist in advertising, but Bram wanted to turn his hobby into his profession.
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After finishing his high school education, his father wanted him to work as an artist in advertising, but Bram wanted to turn his hobby into his profession. Using the name ''Valdini'', he performed at weddings and parties and as ''Mystica'' he performed for Dutch soldiers. When he had to serve in the military himself, he was put into the "cabaret group". He went to Indonesia where he retained his passion for magic through several performances.
 
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Using the name ''Valdini'', he performed at weddings and parties and as ''Mystica'' he performed for Dutch soldiers. When he had to serve in the military himself, he was put into the "cabaret group". He went to Indonesia where he retained his passion for magic through several performances.
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After his time in the military it was hard for him to get a job, until he won the Grand Prix, a magic world championship, which was the start of worldwide performances. He was the guy who had the unenviable job of following the Beatles when they made their debut appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" February 9, 1964. Some 73 million viewers tuned in to watch [[Fred Kaps]].
 
After his time in the military it was hard for him to get a job, until he won the Grand Prix, a magic world championship, which was the start of worldwide performances. He was the guy who had the unenviable job of following the Beatles when they made their debut appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" February 9, 1964. Some 73 million viewers tuned in to watch [[Fred Kaps]].
 
Fred Kaps performed for the royal families of both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
 
  
 
He was a protégé of [[Henk Vermeyden]], the owner of a magic studio in Amsterdam, who also trained several other world champions.   
 
He was a protégé of [[Henk Vermeyden]], the owner of a magic studio in Amsterdam, who also trained several other world champions.   
  
He went on to become national magic champion twice in Arnhem 1950 and Enschede (1959) and he was the first person to win the world championship three times in Barcelona (1950), Amsterdam (1955) and Liège (1961).   
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Kaps became the FISM national magic champion twice in Arnhem 1950 and Enschede (1959) and he was the first person to win the world championship three times in Barcelona (1950), Amsterdam (1955) and Liège (1961).   
  
 
Along with his appearance (spotless suit and white shirt), sleight of hand was Kaps' trademark. He would practice an effect for weeks before he dared to perform it live. He performed both [[stage illusion]]s and [[close-up magic]] using a variety of props like [[playing cards]], candles, [[coins]], balls, dice and silks.
 
Along with his appearance (spotless suit and white shirt), sleight of hand was Kaps' trademark. He would practice an effect for weeks before he dared to perform it live. He performed both [[stage illusion]]s and [[close-up magic]] using a variety of props like [[playing cards]], candles, [[coins]], balls, dice and silks.
 
 
  
 
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*"Effect should come first. Method second."  - lecture notes (1973)
 
*"Effect should come first. Method second."  - lecture notes (1973)
  
== Magic ==
 
===Fred Kaps Grand Prix FISM Act:===
 
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* [http://www.dailymotion.com/fondouble/video/x3jyo2_fred-kapsmagic-bubble_fun Bubble Fun Video]
 
  
 
==Memorial==
 
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* Fred Kaps: Seeing is believing (DVD 2004)
 
* Fred Kaps: Seeing is believing (DVD 2004)
 
* Obit [[Genii 1980 August]]
 
* Obit [[Genii 1980 August]]
*[http://www.fredkaps.com/ Fred Kaps Official Web]
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* [http://www.fredkaps.com/ Fred Kaps Official Web]
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* [http://www.dailymotion.com/fondouble/video/x3jyo2_fred-kapsmagic-bubble_fun Bubble Fun Video]
  
 
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[[Category:Dutch magicians]]

Revision as of 11:32, 9 February 2013

Fred Kaps
BornAbraham Pieter Adrianus Bongers
June 08, 1926
Dutchland
DiedJuly 22, 1980 (age 54)
NationalityDutch
CategoriesBooks by Fred Kaps
Fred Kaps (June 8, 1926 - July 22, 1980) was a Dutch magician born Abraham Pieter Adrianus Bongers that won the FISM Grand Prix world champion three times (1950 - 1955 - 1961). Kaps performed for the royal families of both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

He was the creator of numerous original effects including his version of the color-changing silks. Another popular effect he often performed was the Salt Pour, in which act he poured a little salt on his empty hand, made the hand into a fist, then poured an "endless" supply of salt from his fist onto the floor, and as part of his act he would exhibit facial expressions of great surprise and disbelief, as he would, seemingly unsuccessfully, try to desperately stop the flow.

Biography

He was born in Utrecht and grew interested in magic through performances by local hairdresser and amateur magician Verschragen, who often tried effects on his customers. Kaps would go home and practice until he knew how to perform these effects himself. Later, he would marry his daughter, Nel Verschragen.

After finishing his high school education, his father wanted him to work as an artist in advertising, but Bram wanted to turn his hobby into his profession. Using the name Valdini, he performed at weddings and parties and as Mystica he performed for Dutch soldiers. When he had to serve in the military himself, he was put into the "cabaret group". He went to Indonesia where he retained his passion for magic through several performances.

After his time in the military it was hard for him to get a job, until he won the Grand Prix, a magic world championship, which was the start of worldwide performances. He was the guy who had the unenviable job of following the Beatles when they made their debut appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" February 9, 1964. Some 73 million viewers tuned in to watch Fred Kaps.

He was a protégé of Henk Vermeyden, the owner of a magic studio in Amsterdam, who also trained several other world champions.

Kaps became the FISM national magic champion twice in Arnhem 1950 and Enschede (1959) and he was the first person to win the world championship three times in Barcelona (1950), Amsterdam (1955) and Liège (1961).

Along with his appearance (spotless suit and white shirt), sleight of hand was Kaps' trademark. He would practice an effect for weeks before he dared to perform it live. He performed both stage illusions and close-up magic using a variety of props like playing cards, candles, coins, balls, dice and silks.

Quotes

  • "Do you want to Mystify? Or entertain? Or both?" - lecture notes (1973)
  • "Effect should come first. Method second." - lecture notes (1973)


Memorial

During a closed party on March 9, 2005, a memorial was revealed in front of the house in Utrecht were he used to live to honor Kaps' contributions to magic.

Awards

  • FISM: GRAND PRIX:
    • 1950 Barcelona - Fred Kaps "Mystica", the Netherlands
    • 1955 Amsterdam - Fred Kaps, the Netherlands
    • 1961 Liege - Fred Kaps, the Netherlands
  • Masters Fellowship from Academy of Magical Arts

References

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